Our Story

Civitas is a full-service firm specializing in sustainable funding solutions. We provide non-profit and legal consulting services, provide legislative support and help with all things district-related, specifically renewals and formations.

Civitas has successfully completed over 200 district formation and renewal projects throughout the world, which has generated over $2 billion in dedicated funding for the specific needs of our clients. More than 2,000 Property Business Improvement Districts are at work, making downtowns and business districts cleaner, safer, more attractive, and more profitable each day.

Our team has served several times as an expert witness in challenges against districts, including South Lake Tahoe, CA, Tulsa, OK, and most recently, the successful defense of a PBID in Stockton, CA, in 2022. John Lambeth, our President and CEO, is also the primary drafter of 2022 legislation to help make PBIDs more defensible, AB 2890 (Bloom).

We have been featured in publications such as Forbes and Skift. Civitas has presented at the CalTravel Summit, West Coast Urban Forum, U.S. Travel’s ESTO, Destinations International Annual Convention and in 2021; Sports ETA Symposium & Sports ETA Sports Facilities Summit, ECM Annual Conference, IEDC, Cal Ed, and many more.

We are the nation’s leading firm in Tourism Improvement Districts (TIDs). Our team has helped form over 100 TIDs throughout the United States and helped several states investigate the possibility of establishing statewide funding. Notable TIDs formed include San Diego and Los Angeles; and the first districts in Oregon (Portland), Kansas (Wichita), Florida (Tampa), Oklahoma (Tulsa), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Mobile (Alabama), Boston (Massachusetts), Albuquerque (New Mexico), and Tennessee (Memphis).

TIDs have become an increasingly popular – and essential – method of providing stable funding for destination marketing and promotion, tied directly to the lodging industry. Civitas is the expert in all aspects of TID creation: adopting enabling legislation, building support among tourism businesses and electeds, and guiding the formation process.

Mission

We empower businesses, properties and destinations with the resources to strengthen economic prosperity and communities worldwide.

Vision

We envision a world in which every community is vibrant, healthy and prosperous. We believe in the transformational impact of travel for all.

Our Mission

We empower businesses, properties and destinations with the resources to strengthen economic prosperity and communities worldwide.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which every community is vibrant, healthy and prosperous. We believe in the transformational impact of travel for all.

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Becoming the Funding Experts

We began in 1993 with a vision of a better Downtown Sacramento. That vision became California’s first property-based business improvement district in 1995. Over the next few years, that concept spread to downtowns throughout California, and a company called Downtown Resources was born.

As time passed, the vision of a better downtown expanded. Commercial corridors, neighborhood shopping districts, industrial areas and tourist destinations all adopted the model. The name Downtown Resources was eventually outgrown, and thus Civitas emerged.

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